If I were to win the lottery, I think I’d like to travel for a year or two and then become a student.
There are lots of things I’d love to study, starting with creative writing, political economy, mass communications, art history, fine arts, literature, pottery, cabinetmaking, and chemistry.
Years ago I completed a vocational interest test to help me decide what kind of career I wanted. According to that test, I possessed an unusually broad range of interests. It said I had a high level of interest in enough things to pursue any career except those related to religion or sales. (Note: This test only measured interest, not aptitude. So I wouldn’t necessarily be good at any career.)
I went through a period after completing university where the last thing I would have wanted was to be a student again. It was such a relief to finally be caught up and not have all that reading and studying and writing to do at the end of the day. Having a job – and being done each day at 4:00 – seemed quite luxurious by comparison.
But with the exception of those two or three years, I’ve always thought that in an ideal world, being a professional student would be my ideal occupation. (We can, for the purposes of this fantasy exercise, ignore the fact that being a student doesn’t pay, which would be a significant strike against it in the real world.)
Most people I talk to seem to find the idea of going back to school either very appealing or very unappealing. What about you? Would you want to go to school? What would you study?
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